This 42-minute pic about a 15-year-old homeless San Diego girl who pursues her art was the first Kickstarter-backed film to win an Academy Award. After raising more than $52,000 last year, the film went on to win the 2013 Oscar for Documentary Short.
A nominee for 2013’s Short Film (Live Action) Oscar, the pic is a coming-of-age drama shot on location in Afghanistan. Two best friends, a blacksmith’s son and an orphan living on the streets, dream of winning a popular and unusual polo match that uses a dead goat instead of a ball.
While it lost to “Inocente,” “Kings Point” also earned a nomination for Documentary Short from the Academy in 2013. The film tells the story of six seniors living in a retirement community of 15,000 — where no one under 55 is allowed — blending humor with the growing sense of isolation these long-time residents experience.
“Incident in New Baghdad”
One of the first Kickstarter-backed films to receive an Academy Award nom, the pic also won the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival prize for Documentary Short. The film explores a 2007 incident during the Iraq war, when an American helicopter attack killed two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed civilians, on the streets of Baghdad.
Kickstarted under the name “Uncle America,” this documentary about Rocky Braat and his work with AIDS orphans in Chennai, India, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the
2013 Sundance Film Festival.
“99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”
After more than tripling its funding goal, this indie film won praise at Sundance for its documentation of the popular movement.
Technically a product rather than an entertainment property, this gaming headset makes the list for singlehandedly reviving virtual reality. The ease with which developers can adapt existing games to the platform means that ultimately, it could prove more revolutionary than anything the next generation consoles have in store.
“Theatre Is Evil”
Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter-funded album got lots of ancillary attention thanks to the controversy that surrounded how she spent the $1.2 million she raised, but the music itself has been widely praised, and the disc cracked Billboard’s Top 10. It currently boasts a Metacritic rating above 80.
“FTL: Faster Than Light”
While videogames have raised a lot of money on Kickstarter, most are still locked in development. Spaceship simulator FTL is one of the few that has been released — and it’s a hit with critics and players. Built by a two-man team, the game is now one of the biggest PC titles.